Gabriel Schwabe was born in Berlin to German-Spanish parents. He studied with Catalin Ilea at the University of Arts in Berlin and with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy and recieved further impulses from Janos Starker, Gary Hoffmann and Gidon Kremer. He plays a rare Italian instrument built in Brescia (ca.1600), a generous loan from a private collection.
Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. Important critics praise his expressive interpretations and technical abilities paired with a compelling presence on stage. Norbert Hornig: „Gabriel Schwabe is a cello phenomenon, commanding his instrument with nuance and facility.“ Or Harald Eggebrecht: „No one in the audience will soon forget Gabriel Schwabe, as, suddenly, more than a trace of Feuermann could be felt in the hall.“
Gabriel is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among others the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2006. In 2007 he won the German National Music Competition and received the Soloist Award of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. At the Concours Rostropovich 2009 in Paris he received a special prize for the interpretation of Eric Tanguy‘s „Invocation“. That same year he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London.